Today the Warwick, RI Police Department hosted a Vesting Ceremony for K-9 Viking. Viking received his bullet/stab resistant vest from Vested Interest in K-9’s Inc. founded by Sandy Marcal. The money to purchase the vest was raised as a result of Barb’s hard work and the generosity of the Alta-Tollhaus family in memory of our beloved Ivan.
The Warwick Police Department has not had a K9 program since their last K9 Officer retired in 2009.
We attended the ceremony and had the chance to meet the Warwick Police Department Command Staff, Officer Aaron Steere and Viking. Viking is a Working Line German Shepherd Dog from Czechoslovakia who came to the Warwick PD six months ago. He is just under 2.5 years old and lives with Officer Steere, his wife and children when off duty. He is a great dog with a super personality.
We are very proud that through your generosity K-9 Viking now has a vest to protect him. Hopefully he and Officer Steere will have a long and safe career.
Our sincerest thanks to Barb and all the rest of the AT family for making this tribute in celebration of Ivan’s life possible. He will always be with us.
Opening remarks by Colonel McCartney
Officer Steere putting the vest on Viking with Sandy Marcal looking on
Officer Steere and his wife with Viking
This is the embroidered patch that is on Viking’s vest. When he is wearing the vest the patch is under his chest.